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Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea

China’s Woody Island where Sansha city government is located

China’s Woody Island where Sansha city government is located

The following is a summary of translations from Chinese media:

China’s large-scale reclamation of land on five reefs to set up military, fishing, fish farming and tourism bases in the South China Sea and construction of a school on Woody Island have given rise to quite lot of speculation amongst Western military experts. They believe that China is building the Chinese version of Diego Garcia. The US military base on the island of Diego Garcia enables the US to control the Indian Ocean.

The US believed a military base on Fiery Cross Reef would play a similar but much smaller role, as the artificial island built there would not be large enough. However, supplemented by other facilities on the artificial islands built on other reefs, a military base on Fiery Cross Reef will be able to control the entire South China Sea.

It turns out that China is actually building a comprehensive base on Johnson South Reef where there is a lagoon, like that on Diego Garcia. The combined navy, air force and army capabilities there including the short- and medium-range ground-based missiles will be hard for the US to deal with.

At the same time, according to the Sansha City government’s website, China has begun construction of a school at a cost of 36 million yuan (US$6 million) on Woody Island for civilians’ and officers’ children. There are now only 40 children there for the school, but China foresees that due to its intensive development in the South China Sea, there will be enough children to fill the expensive school.

Writer Hugh White says in his new book “The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power” that over the past few years, China’s self-confidence in the South China Sea is worth US attention. China directly challenges the US position as the major naval force and maintainer of the old regional order there.

White  says that America can no longer assume that China will flinch in the face of a military challenge, as China used to do in the past. China will never do so in the future. America should conduct shrewd diplomacy to avoid escalation of confrontation, clarify what are its real interests in the Asia-Pacific region and define what is essential in its Asian strategy, that it will never be deprived of.

Sources: huanqiu.com “Regarding the speculation on China’s construction of navy and air base on Spratly Islands, Foreign media says China will not flinch in the face of US challenge” and “Experts: China shall ignore US, Philippines’ anger at China’s construction of a school in Sansha City” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


31 thoughts on “Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea

  1. China can never challenge the US. It can only challenge something that constitutes a challenge. The US will be a boring take-over of a bunch of wimping diplomats,

    Editor’s Note: The remainder of this comment was deleted for high levels of profanity and anti-western racial vilification


    Posted by China Lover | June 16, 2014, 2:16 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Temasek Thunderbolt and commented:
    This is interesting and… provocative.


    Posted by tlkh | June 16, 2014, 10:06 pm


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